Once they were elegant burial grounds, dignified by religious figures and ornate carvings.
In a religious age, they were at the heart of the social landscape.
But today, as Patrick finds out, the booming rate of cremation has forced an identity crisis on cemeteries.
With over 76 % of northern Europeans now choosing cremation, the graveyard has become a different kind of place.
Patrick looks at some of the solutions offered to our current predicament - from above-ground mausoleums to conversion of cemeteries into public parks and cafes.